A moment ago, I found an article that suggested that Goldman Sachs should split into three units.
Interesting! So I wrote a quick blurb on it. And then the time came to chose a photo, and in three seconds, I made a decision that would erupt in criticism across Twitter and in particular, from Reuters blogger Felix Salmon.
I briefly considered a classic Lloyd Blankfein photo, but instead typed into our photo finder the word, “split” and found this photo —>
Perfect! I thought. A girl doing a split.
OMG. The reaction I got.
Exactly. She’s doing a split. So what’s the big deal? I think Salmon’s reaction was 1) prudish and 2) a little sexist.
Why would only men like this photo? Why assume I didn’t select it?
I changed the photo anyway, because I was asked to. It’s now a shot of a bolt of lightning “splitting” the sky in two, which in my mind, might as well be the same photo as the girl doing a split. It’s a literal interpretation of the main point of the story, just like the original photo was, but guess what. No uproar.
So apparently it’s just sexualized photos that are the issue. Does anyone else have a problem with them? Let me know in the comments.
I should note that I’ve been criticised for my photo selection before — also by Salmon — and I kept the photo.
That time, the article was about bankers being so busy with AIG asset sales that they were missing weddings. Thus, I chose a photo of two women kissing at their wedding. The reaction then was even more bombastic.
So I’m asking, in the future, readers (particularly women readers), is there something you want me to tone down?
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